Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I apply for exemption from a module? Will my prior learning be recognised?

Once a candidate has accepted a place on a programme, details on how to apply for exemptions will be made available.  Exemptions may be sought for the following modules: Child Development and Curriculum for Inclusion. Exemptions will be granted based on assessment of prior learning in these two specific areas and applicants…

Must I be online at specific times during the week?

There will be a weekly live chat with the tutor, which will provide an opportunity to engage in live discussions with the tutor and other learners, and to ask questions and seek clarification in real time. These sessions will be scheduled on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings and learners will be allocated one time…

What will the coursework and assessments involve?

The programme will involve a range of coursework and assessments, including: written reflection on module content; multiple-choice quizzes; reflective diaries; and the development of practical materials. Assessments will focus on linking practical knowledge of working in ECCE settings to the module content.  There will be no formal written examinations.

What is the duration of the LINC Programme?

The programme will run from September to the end of June.  The programme comprises 6 modules, with 2 modules delivered each of the semesters: autumn; spring; summer.  

Are classroom sessions mandatory?

Yes.  It is expected that all participants will attend each of the classroom sessions.  There will be 7 classroom sessions in total: 1 for each of the 6 modules and 1 for orientation.  Sessions will run from 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM on Saturdays.

How much study is involved in the programme?

It is estimated that participants will spend 8-10 hours per week undertaking self-directed study and participating in online discussion fora. Each of the 6 modules runs for 6 weeks and comprises 6 units (one unit per week of each module).  Additionally, there is one classroom session per module, held on a Saturday,…

How often will the programme run?

The LINC programme will run on an annual basis for the next 3 years (2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20), with approximately 900 places available each year.

How will the course be delivered?

The programme is based on a blended model of delivery, i.e. involving online learning and classroom sessions. As the majority of the study/collaborative work will take place online, each participant will only attend classroom sessions on 7 Saturdays over the year, from 10 am to 4 pm.  This includes a mandatory orientation on…

Is this programme necessary if I have already completed a programme on leading the inclusion of children with additional needs?

Yes. The LINC programme is designed specifically for the purpose of developing the role of Inclusion Coordinator. Only services with graduates from the LINC programme will be eligible for the associated additional capitation of €2 per child on the ECCE programme.

What modules can I apply for an exemption from?

Requests for exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with qualifications at level 6 and higher may seek exemptions from the Child Development and Curriculum for Inclusion modules, only. When applying for exemptions, applicants must demonstrate they have successfully met the learning outcomes for these modules.  It is mandatory for all participants on…

Where will classroom sessions take place?

The LINC Programme 2017/18 classroom sessions will be delivered in venues in the following counties: Cork; Dublin North; Dublin South/West; Galway; Kildare; Kilkenny; Limerick; Meath; Sligo. Cork: Griffith College, Wellington Road, Cork. Dublin North: Marino Conference Centre, Drumcondra. Dublin South/West: Maldron Hotel, Whitestown Way, Tallaght. Galway: GMIT Galway Campus, Dublin Road, Galway. Kildare:…

Will I be required to take time off work?

No. The LINC programme is delivered in a blended-learning format (online and classroom) and is specifically designed to enable participants to continue to work while on the programme.  The majority of activity is online and can be completed in  participants’ own time, with a requirement to be online at a specific time…

What does “special purpose” award mean?

This award is designed exclusively to facilitate the development of the role of Inclusion Coordinator in early years settings, and, on its own, is not a DCYA recognised qualification for the purposes of ECCE Room Leader. The modules included in this programme are unique to this award, with the exception of…